This morning two adult and three juvenile Whooper Swans were on the Severn/Trent field, gleaning spilt sweet-corn. There was also a Dunlin and a female Pintail on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
Today, on the Slurry Lagoon, there was a Whooper Swan, a Ruff and four Goldeneye. A Pintail was on the Large Gravel Pit and a Peregrine was on the pylon. RW.
This morning, during the Patchwatch, a light passage of migrant birds was observed. Species seen included Skylark (with one Woodlark amongst them), Redwing, Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, Swallow, Stonechat, Brambling and Siskin. On the Slurry Lagoon Wigeon, Pintail, Water Rail, Jack Snipe, Snipe and eight Bearded Tits were seen, a Nuthatch was seen in the corner of the Deep Pit and two Peregrines were on the pylon. Towards dusk a Barn Owl was seen. In total over seventy species were seen. PS.
A Pintail was seen on the Slurry Lagoon today. RW.
This evening, at about 20.15hrs, the immature Black Tern came in to roost with the Common Terns. The female Pintail was still on the Slurry Lagoon and, at about 21.05, a Barn Owl was seen hunting. TW.
This afternoon two female Mandarins were on the Slurry Lagoon. The female Pintail was also still present. JMD.
This morning, during the Wildlife Walk, a Common Sandpiper was seen on one of the islands on the Slurry Lagoon. It was later flushed by a Heron and flew to the sloping platform in the Deep Pit. The female Pintail is still present and an Oystercatcher flew over. There were signs of an emergence of Common Blue butterflies along the Deep Pit bank. PS.
During this morning’s butterfly walk 170 Gatekeepers were seen, 23 Red Admirals, 9 Essex Skippers as well as good counts of several other species. The female Pintail was still on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
This morning about sixty Swifts were feeding over one corner of the Slurry Lagoon and three Curlews flew over to the north, calling. The female Pintail was still present on the Slurry Lagoon. PS.
This morning the female Pintail was still on the Slurry Lagoon as were the Shoveler pair and a Little Egret. There were also broods of Mallard and Gadwall. The first fledged Black-headed Gulls had also flown across from the Deep Pit. PS.